In a joint assertion to USA TODAY, the theme parks, which had beforehand stated they’d be closed for many of March, stated they may stay closed by way of April 19 “as we proceed to answer present situations and make the well being and security of staff members and visitors our prime precedence.”
USA TODAY has reached out to representatives for Disney World and Disneyland to see if the parks plan to increase their closures as nicely.
Along with the theme parks, Common CityWalk Orlando and Common CityWalk Hollywood, the themed eating and purchasing areas close to every park’s entry gates, may even keep closed. Common Orlando Resort lodges have additionally briefly suspended operations.
“We’ll proceed to observe the state of affairs and make changes as wanted, based mostly on steering from well being businesses and authorities officers,” the assertion stated.
On March 12, the 2 theme parks introduced they would briefly shut in response to the unfold of COVID-19. In an organization assertion on the time, Common Studios Hollywood had stated it could shut till March 28 “out of an abundance of warning.” Common Orlando Resort had introduced on its web site the Florida park might stay closed “by way of the top of March.”
The preliminary bulletins got here a day earlier than California Gov. Gavin Newsom urged an finish to gatherings of greater than 250 folks to counter unfold of the coronavirus, a transfer he stated would trigger “actual stress” for many individuals and companies however save lives. Later that day, California public well being officers issued an up to date coverage saying “non-essential” gatherings equivalent to sporting occasions, live shows and conferences ought to be postponed or canceled till not less than the top of March.
Newsom declared a state of emergency in California on March 4, whereas Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis did the identical on March 9.